Experimental and numerical investigation of the Richtmyer-Meshkov instability under re-shock conditions

E. Leinov, G. Malamud, Y. Elbaz, L. A. Levin, G. Ben-Dor, D. Shvarts, O. Sadot

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An experimental and numerical systematic study of the growth of the Richtmyer-Meshkov instability-induced mixing following a re-shock is made, where the initial shock moves from the light fluid to the heavy one, over an incident Mach number range of 1.15-1.45. The evolution of the mixing zone following the re-shock is found to be independent of its amplitude at the time of the re-shock and to depend directly on the strength of the re-shock. A linear growth of the mixing zone with time following the passage of the re-shock and before the arrival of the reflected rarefaction wave is found. Moreover, when the mixing zone width is plotted as a function of the distance travelled, the growth slope is found to be independent of the re-shock strength. A comparison of the experimental results with direct numerical simulation calculations reveals that the linear growth rate of the mixing zone is the result of a bubble competition process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)449-475
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Fluid Mechanics
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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